Will Smith’s new drama, “Concussion,” will have something for everyone. The focus on medical science and sports will be sure to enthrall audiences and show a side of football that is often overlooked. While many of the topics may be dramatized for the sake of the film, the underlying science and key factors are not, which is probably helpful to lawyers pursuing these cases on behalf of the surviving families of these venerable footballers. Traumatic Brain Injuries, or TBIs are a scourge that affect thousands of athletes at every level each year.
Medical and Long Term Implications
Repeated trauma to the head can cause incredible effects. Not only are there the risks from concussions, but from other types of injuries as well. Concussions have garnered a closer focus by the NFL and NCAA over the last several years, but the cumulative effect of such blows are just coming to light. Medical research is rapidly determining the short and long term of these incidents.
TBIs can come in many forms and due to many causes. Along with sports injuries, TBIs can also result from severe car accidents, workplace incidents, and slips and falls. There are no two traumatic brain injuries that are exactly alike, but certain similarities often exist. These can include memory loss, declining fine motor control, constant headaches, difficulty ambulating, trouble focusing, and others.
In many cases these injuries will require long term care, possibly including therapy. TBIs have also been known to be a major cause of personality changes and early death. The burden placed on a family due to these types of injuries is grave and not to be underestimated. There is a substantial chance that such damage will lead to the injured having to miss work and substantial enjoyment in their life.
Legal Options in Case of Severe Brain Injuries
Ehline Law has handled such cases before, and has attorneys on staff specializing in brain injuries. Our team has worked with those injured in sports accidents and knows the work needed to make life whole again, as well as the pitfalls of the Knight v. Jewett case. We partner with medical professionals to ensure a proper diagnosis and a means to pay for future treatment.
We will help in many ways. We will work with insurance companies to ensure a full payout, including for long term costs. We will also determine what the exact cause of the accident leading to the TBI was and if there was any foreknowledge on the risks associated. We can also weigh repeated incidents and their effects on the damage.
We can help your family sign up for useful programs, including unemployment insurance, disability, worker’s compensation, or any others that are relevant for recovery. Our team will leave no options left undone in the pursuit of your rehabilitation.
For more information, please call or email us today. Our offices dot up and down the Southern California coast and we are happy to meet you to discuss your options. We will meet you at one of our locations or travel anywhere in the state to discuss your potential case. We trust our skill so much that we work on contingency– we don’t ask for a cent unless we recover for you. Let us be your defenders to determine how best to help overcome this terrible injury.